Benton County, Mo. Sheriff, wife seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash

Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 5:29 AM CDT
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WARSAW, Mo. (KY3) - There’s one emotion many in Benton County say they are feeling after hearing the news of Sheriff Eric Knox’s motorcycle crash Sunday night."

Oh...Sadness," said Mac Vorce of Maple’s Ford.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Knox and his wife, Joy, were riding their motorcycle around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. They were riding toward the city of Warsaw across the Mile Long Bridge.

“What we found was the rear tire was beginning to shred and become flat, and that’s when the driver lost control and ejected both occupants," said Sgt. Bill Lowe of Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop A.

Investigators say they are unsure on why the tire was starting to shred - if it was already low on air pressure, or of something on the road caused the issue.

Both the sheriff and his wife were flown to University Hospital in Columbia in critical condition.

Vorce, the former head of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce, has known the sheriff for several years.

“Sheriff Knox is a very, very good guy," Vorce said. “He’s really helped our community come together a lot. It’s very sad something this bad has happened to him and his wonderful wife.”

Pastor Daniel Porterfield, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain said he spoke with Knox Monday afternoon, and said the sheriff’s condition is improving.

”He’s beat up pretty bad, but he’s trying to hold everything together," Porterfield said. “With all the aches and pains that he’s got, he’s been communicating with people, and that’s amazing.”

Troopers say both Knox and his wife were wearing helmets.

Sgt. Lowe said things could have been much worse.

“Having a helmet, obviously, is of the utmost importance for people riding motorcycles," Lowe said. “I realize that you don’t have to now, but certainly is advisable to wear one.”

Now, the community is hoping for a full and speedy recovery.

”His darling wife, which I can’t say enough, needs our prayers," Porterfield said.

“We all love ya, get better soon, We need ya. Gotta stick together, buddy," Vorce added.

If the community would like to donate, Porterfield said donations can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office under his name, as the office cannot collect the donations.

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